Though they have not been the focus of the Greek system’s reform-minded critics in recent years, the University’s sororities are tightening the rules on how they recruit new members.
Starting this summer, chapters will be subject to a series of more strongly-enforced regulations aimed at discouraging summer recruitment parties, promising bids to prospective new members and violating ‘no booze, no boys,’ the 11-day period in which sorority members are forbidden from consuming alcohol and talking to men.
Ana Samper, president of the Panhellenic Council, said the changes are aimed at putting all potential new members on a level playing field.
Sorority rush changes:
- The following rules will be more tightly enforced for the Panhellenic Council’s rush:
- Summer parties, defined as events with three or more chapter members and five potenital new members, can be punished by a social calendar delay.
- Violations of ‘no booze, no boys’ can result in a $25 fine for ‘booze’ or ‘boys’ and $35 for both.
Promising bids to potential new members can warrant fines of $25, or social restrictions for a pattern of bid promising.
“How do we regulate recruitment so that no girl feels she is at a disadvantage because of where she attended high school or whether she attended summer parties?” Samper said.
Samper added that the changes were the idea of the Panhellenic Council’s leadership, but were prompted in part by expectations from outside stakeholders such as the Parents Council and the Board of Trustees.